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August 6th, 2019  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Interviews

Last fall, Roman Reigns shocked the WWE fans with the news that he suffers from cancer. Meanwhile, his leukemia disease is in remission and the 34-year-old is back in the middle of the show fight events.

A drug therapy has made Reigns fit again for the wrestling ring , his treatment of the disease has brought the previously notorious few critically regarded top star even new popularity.

At the WWE SummerSlam 2019 on Sunday, the second most important show of the year, he is likely to contest his next big match – a duel against the man who had scaffolded him on the SmackDown TV show last week (Read here whom WWE wants to reveal as the “assassin” of Roman Reigns) .

Reigns, who has just celebrated his Hollywood debut alongside Dwayne’s “The Rock” Johnson in “Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw” , is now also at the center of WWE’s latest video game, joining forces with Becky Lynch the cover of WWE 2K20, which will be released on October 22, 2019 (for PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One family of devices, including Windows PC), and the centerpiece of a so-called tower mode that revolves around his career.

In the exclusive SPORT1 interview, Reigns talks about how the battle with the disease has changed his career in Vince McMahon’s promotion and why he would not be mad at the fans if they beat him up again. He also talks about the unwritten rules in the WWE locker room and why he continues to see his employer at the forefront of the wrestling landscape changed by the creation of the new AEW rival league.

SPORT1: Roman Reigns, you’ve been back in the ring since March, after a five-month break because of your condition. Is everything the same for you as before or has something changed?

Roman Reigns: I have a slightly different view of myself. Previously, I wanted to work as hard as possible, but I also put my own well-being behind my responsibility for the big picture, for my colleagues, for my family. My idea was: I always have to give 100 percent to live up to this responsibility. Now it’s a little different: it’s about listening to my body, taking care of my health, my diet. I’m not allowed to take any risks – and yet I want to use the potential that God has given me and make the most of it. I will not be athletic for many years where I am now and from what is still possible, I want to do the maximum.

SPORT1: You were booed by many fans before you were diagnosed. Would you be angry if it will be like before?

Reigns: No, the fans can do whatever they want. They pay for what we do with their money – their hard earned money. Everyone has their view of things and we enjoy every way that fans live out their emotions. Whether it’s cheering or booing: As long as it’s loud, everything is okay. Only if they are quiet and pick up popcorn while we are performing we have a problem.

SPORT1: They are – as the Undertaker used to be – a respectful person behind the scenes, a “Locker Room Leader”. Is this a correct attribution?

Reigns: Not everyone who is a leader has to call himself that in order to make it clear that he is one. But if you ask me like this: Yes, I think you can call it that.

SPORT1: How do you define this role?

Reigns:   Let’s put it this way: I am very proud to continue a certain work here that others have started: it’s about mutual respect in the locker room, the attitude of treating others the way you want to be treated. And also for respect for what we do and the principle of not taking anything away from others in one way or another.

SPORT1: Sounds like heart failure.

Reigns: This place has changed my life, given me many opportunities to grow, to become a better person. I care about WWE and I want to keep that. WWE took the risk with me, which the NFL did not want to deal with (Reigns had leukemia for the first time before his career, as it became known in hindsight, editor’s note)., I want to give something back and therefore I will make sure that nobody here will miss the respect for what we do. Who moves in our locker room and does not do that, I make my point clear, in one way or the other. I’m not afraid of anyone. My family has a history in this business and a personal one with the McMahons and I do not allow anyone to show any respect for what I do for my family. If that makes me the leader of the dressing room, call me that.

SPORT1: Becky Lynch, the other cover star of the game, ended her career early because of a ring injury in Germany and then fought for WWE and is now the champion and biggest female star there. What is it?

Reigns: Becky is an incredible fighter. It is carved from a different wood. She has brought here the fresh wind that the world has been waiting for. All the setbacks that she has put away over the years, injuries that almost ended her career, all this: you can see what passion she has for a fighter heart. I respect that immensely and as the father of a young daughter I find it all the more important to point out what they and our other women are doing. We also have in the women’s locker room main event material that lasts for days. Not just Becky, but the other three “Horsewomen” (Charlotte Flair, Bayley and Sasha Banks , d. Red.) , Ronda Rouseyand everyone else: you have created something special. I am very excited about how they will preserve it now, lead to new heights and pave the way for a new generation.

SPORT1: WWE has recently had to face the new competition league AEW, the most ambitious competition project since the end of WCW 18 years ago . Their friend Jon Moxley aka Dean Ambrose has moved there and has criticized WWE after his departure hard , her other old Shield colleague Seth Rollins has announced that WWE will also “steal” this competition. Is that your claim?

Reigns: I have said it before and stick to it: I think it’s generous of Seth to speak of “competition”. I do not want to talk too much about other leagues, it’s about us. Only so much: My ancestors were part of the Territorial era, as the wrestlers traveled from place to place and started where they could do the best business for themselves. In that sense, I’m absolutely in favor of that being possible again, it’s great that even if today’s wrestlers have their options, it’s also cool for the fans: all right. But: WWE is my home, which I represent, I do not want to be anywhere else. We are way ahead of the others, and I’m not just talking about the quality of the wrestlers.

SPORT1: What else?

Reigns: The quality of production is also eminently important, and what the crew does behind the scenes is unbelievable. Not everyone understands how many good people it takes to keep the store running. And for that you get respect only when you see how others do it less well. It’s easy to complain, complain, and write about what would make you better. But then to do it: that is a very different thing. Nobody will do better than WWE. Point.

SPORT1: WWE and Wrestling are in constant change, in the Nineties the league changed completely in the Attitude Era , even after WWE has changed and adapted to trends. What do you see as the next step in evolution?

Reigns: I would say we are in the process of making it, and indeed in the lead. We have perhaps the best social media platforms in the entertainment world, we do not study others, others study us. For me, what is especially important is the look at the little things, the details and we do it thoroughly. We have an incredible fanbase, every single one sitting in our locker room has fans all over the world – where else is it? We are all light years ahead.

Credit: Sports1 Germany

July 14th, 2019  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Interviews,Media,Screencaptures,Videos

Roman Reigns and the rest of the cast from Hobbs and Shaw attend the movie premiere Hollywood, California. Check out the clip above to hear Roman’s interview at the premiere. We also have screencaptures from the premiere in the gallery for you all to enjoy!

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November 21st, 2017  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Interviews,Links,Media,Video Interview,WWE.Com

Roman Reigns is your NEW Intercontinental Champion. It was a hard fought victory and Roman had some people to thank for helping him get to where he is… A Grand Slam Champion.

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April 24th, 2017  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Coverage,Interviews

Even by Roman Reigns’ standards, the last two weeks have been almost unbearably difficult. Not only did the former WWE Champion suffer a brutal attack at the hands of Braun Strowman, he suffered the loss of his brother, Matt “Rosey” Anoa’i. Despite this, however, Reigns will still compete against Strowman at WWE Payback this Sunday, and he spoke with WWE.com to discuss the well-wishes he’s received, how his family is holding up and whether he thinks he’s up to facing The Monster Among Men this Sunday at all.

WWE.COM: It’s been a tough two weeks for you personally and professionally. On the personal side, WWE.com sends its condolences to your family. How are you doing and how is everyone else doing?

ROMAN REIGNS: Right now, it’s one of those situations where it’s a lot of mixed feelings. When you live in a big family, it’s always great to be able to come together, but to have to come together to send off a brother — and not only was he my brother, but in our family, even when you’re cousins, we’re all so close that we feel like brothers. That’s the type of connection we have in our family. It was an extremely sad weekend, and it’s still really tough. Everybody’s grieving. But to see our family come together and have a hundred-plus family and friends come together to celebrate my brother’s life really meant a lot. It just continually picks up our family and keeps us moving on.

WWE.COM: Obviously, as you just stated, you have your family around you. Can you talk about some of the support you’ve received from the WWE Universe and other Superstars during this time?

REIGNS: It’s crazy because it almost felt like Christmas times three. I don’t think I’ve ever received so many text messages from family and friends, especially within the company. So many guys in our locker room have reached out to me and sent their condolences and told me if there’s anything I need, don’t hesitate. I truly believe that. And talking to some of my family, that’s not just a saying. That’s real life. They want to do anything they can, whether it’s sending flowers, checking on me to try and talk, try and get down here to help out with any different thing we have to do with the services of a funeral. It’s really nice to be able to hear from all them. And, of course, through your social media, and Twitter is my main source of that, I’ve been overwhelmed with so many prayers and so many thoughts out there by my fans in the WWE Universe. Whether you’re a Roman Reigns supporter or a critic, everybody seems to understand the magnitude of the situation, and when it comes down to it, it’s a part of life but I think everybody gets it. Everybody’s been very sweet and really come to try and help me through this hard time. It really has helped.

WWE.COM: Well, once again, we’d like to reiterate our sentiment. We wish your family the best during this hard time.

REIGNS: Thank you. I just want to thank everybody who’s reached out. All my fans, everybody has been so supportive. This is a tough time but like everything in life we can learn from it and get better from it. My only hope now is that I can continue to represent my family and represent my brother and continue to push our legacy. He was my number one fan. He never missed a match, he never missed anything I did in the ring, he always had great advice for me and always reached out to talk. Payback and 2017 and any chance I get to go in that ring I’m representing him.

WWE.COM: Speaking of which, last time we saw you on Monday Night Raw was the incident at the hands of Braun Strowman with the ambulance. How are you feeling as you recuperate from that attack?

REIGNS: Physically, I’m as beat up as I am emotionally. This has been two of the roughest weeks of my professional career and life. I’ve never experienced a loss this close since it’s my only blood brother, but I’ve also never experienced a beatdown like Braun Strowman gave me. It’s unfortunate, because whatever point he’s trying to get across, he’s handling it the wrong way. And whether he thinks he’s a monster or not, I’m the top dog, I’m the big dog in this yard. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I already took out the greatest legend of all time. If anybody should be worried, it should be Braun Strowman. He’s got a whole storm that’s about to come his way.

WWE.COM: It was obviously announced that you will still face Braun Strowman at WWE Payback. Are you up to the challenge to face him on Sunday?

REIGNS: I’m beaten, I’m bruised, I’m hurt inside, but it comes down to the big fight. That’s what I do. When I step in that ring and my opponent steps in that ring and that bell goes ding, ding, I’m the one that holds it down. I’m the one that shows it’s my yard. I don’t have to jump people in the backstage, I don’t have to blindside people, I’ll face Braun eye-to-eye and put Braun down where he belongs because I’m the best in the WWE, I’m the best in the whole world, and at Payback this Sunday, I’ll show it.

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May 17th, 2016  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Interviews,Screencaptures,Videos

This week’s WWE interview segment on SportsCenter featured Roman Reigns for the second time.

Before the interview, ESPNews rolled a WWE hype package for the Big Three matches at Extreme Rules – A.J. Styles challenging Reigns for the WWE Title, Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose in an Asylum cage match, and Charlotte vs. Natalya for the Women’s Title.

Coach asked Reigns what he thinks about facing Styles for the second time at Extreme Rules. Reigns said he has a lot of respect for Styles wrestling all over the world “competing against some of the greatest talent in the world for a bunch of different promotions.” But, Reigns said, now Styles is with “the company, WWE.” And, since they’re on SportsCenter, Reigns joked that it’s not going to work between them since Styles is about the Georgia Bulldogs and he played for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Reigns was asked how he’s handling being the top champion with everyone looking at him on a nightly basis. Reigns said he comes to work ready to go 52 weeks per year, he’s excited about the responsibility, and having his family on the road with him is a big help.

Asked how the influx of NXT talent to the main roster has affected things, Reigns said it’s created a completely different locker room environment. Reigns said when The Shield came in four years ago, it was a bunch of “old dogs” in the locker room. Now, he feels like it’s his locker room and his arena. Reigns welcomed everyone from NXT to come join what he’s leading on the main roster.

As for advice he would give to upcoming stars, Reigns said, “Believe in yourself.” He said there are so many different platforms now for people to “run their mouth,” which could be a distraction from not believing in what you’re doing.

Reigns talked about being in the main event of WrestleMania for the second straight year. He said it was a blessing to be in that position. Asked what it was like being in the ring with Brock Lesnar last year and Triple H this year, Reigns said it’s dealing with two different approaches. He credited Lesnar for being one of the only wrestlers on the roster more powerful than himself in the ring, while Hunter is more cerebral.

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April 3rd, 2016  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Coverage,Digitals,Interviews,Links,Video Interview,Videos

During Wrestlemania Week, WWE Superstars and Divas along with fans from around the world ascend on a city and take it over. This year, Superstars such as Roman Reigns have little to no time to take in the views of Dallas before it’s time for interviews and meet and greets. The stars barely get quiet time because of so many fans are out looking for the perfect selfie or autograph. Roman has been very busy when it comes to preparing for the biggest night of the year. He did interviews such as WAND 17, the video posted above and appeared at Wrestlemania Axxess. Soon it is time for the fanciest night in WWE, all of the superstars get dressed up for the special night when the Hall of Fame Class of 2016 will be inducted. If you missed any of the interviews so far, check out the highlights from Wrestlemania Week below.

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April 1st, 2016  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Interviews

At WrestleMania 32 on Sunday, Roman Reigns will challenge Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but there has been speculation about his potential heel turn in the main event.

One way to turn Reigns heel would be for him to attack The Rock following a victory over The Game. During a promotional tour for WWE’s partnership with Snickers, Ring Rust Radio asked Reigns if The Rock would come out during his championship celebration if he were to win.

Reigns answered candidly, teasing a possible attack and heel turn if The Rock were to show up:

“We haven’t spoken too much about wrestling each other,” said Reigns. “We speak, and I do see him quite a bit. We usually exchange different ideas, share different tips and advice.

“If I do win on Sunday, there are only a couple of people I want to see, and that would be my wife, daughter, mom and dad. It would be my immediate family. If he comes out there, I might be on high alert, and he might get it, too.”

Over the last several months, a vocal portion of the WWE Universe has rejected Reigns as the top face in the company. To combat the negative reactions, WWE officials should embrace the hate and turn Reigns heel after he wins the world title.

With The Rock being one of the most popular wrestlers in the history of the industry and a mainstream superstar who has transcended the sport, Reigns attacking him from behind because he thinks The Rock is stealing the spotlight would be the perfect catalyst for The Big Dog’s character change.
A portion of fans support Reigns, but the reactions from crowds in top wrestling markets indicate that there are still many who don’t want him as the face of the brand moving forward.

Instead of trying to use The Rock to get Reigns over with the WrestleMania 32 crowd in Arlington, Texas, having Reigns turn his back on his family and align with Vince McMahon or The Authority would be the ideal way to embrace the negative reactions.
There is still a chance that McMahon and the WWE officials believe in Reigns as the top face moving forward and won’t deviate from their plans. With that said, Reigns’ comments about attacking The Rock and the recent booking of the No. 1 contender suggest a change in character may be coming.

If Reigns turns heel in the main event of WrestleMania 32, even the biggest haters will have to give WWE credit for making the right move for the future. When the fans are eventually ready to cheer for Reigns down the road, the company can turn him face organically.

April 1st, 2016  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Interviews

Leading up to the big event, Sporting News spoke with Reigns about the WrestleMania 32, his past year in the WWE and today’s wrestling audience.

SPORTING NEWS: As we talk right now, we’re three days out from WrestleMania 32 and your WWE Championship match against Triple H. Where are you at right now in preparation when it comes to physical training as well as the mental preparation that goes into a match like this?

ROMAN REIGNS: For me, I’m right there in the middle of everything. It hadn’t stopped for me. This isn’t a new thing for me and this week of the year. I’ve been doing this every single week just about. I’ve only missed, I think, two weeks, due to the nose (he underwent nasal surgery for a deviated septum) and that was just a month ago or so. But before that, I’ve been on the road five days a week for about 50 weeks this year. It’s kind of like clockwork; I’m just going to stick to what I’ve been doing, stick to my routine, get in the gym, make sure everything’s on point, everything’s healthy, everything feels good. Other than that, I’m ready to roll.

SN: How much different of a performer are you right now compared to this time last year?

RR: Well, I have a full year under my belt so I would think I’m a much more experienced performer. I’ve been in this type of situation before. Just coming back this year, and to be able to do all of these cool things again, to have these relationships, meet different people and have these partnerships like I have today with Snickers who is the presenting sponsor of WrestleMania. These are the great opportunities that WrestleMania brings.

SN: People can go online to WWE.com and YouTube as well and watch the videos of you and other WWE personalities. Tell me about what you’re doing with Snickers.
RR: It’s just kind of a play on emotions. Who are you when you get hungry is the question that we’re asking. It’s funny because you kind of see a different side of everybody. We have all kinds of different hunger emotions. Are you irritable? Are you like Triple H? Are you a princess? Are you like Paul Heyman? Are you a complainer? There’s just all different types. If you’re getting hungry, do us all a favor: Just take a bite. That’s all you have to do. Just take one bite.

SN: I was really hoping when I saw the video of you and your hungry side that I was going to see your dad, I was going to see a wild Samoan and he turned into you.

RR: (Laughs) I pitched that we do cutbacks of me with pigtails and some crazy little girly hair-do, just something completely off the wall and wacky but they didn’t listen to my creative process that day.

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SN: I know it’s been talked about so much, everything that went down last year from the Royal Rumble to WrestleMania to now. What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned over the last year when it comes to your journey in the WWE and leading up to this match?

RR: I think just taking everything in stride. Being a WWE performer and doing all the different things we get to do, it can wear on you and you can learn a lot of stuff about yourself. For me, it always reminds me to just stay humble. Just be yourself, love what you do and enjoy the ride. Before you know it, I’m not going to be able to tie these boots up and do what I do in the ring for my whole life. We’re all getting older so I’m trying to live in the moment and enjoy everything that’s being thrown at me.

SN: Come Sunday, there will be about 100,000 fans at AT&T Stadium. Can you take a moment to soak it in as you go out there for the match?

RR: I think we all have to. I think that’s what’s important is to not let just how massive this event is get in your head. Just to stay focused and when it comes down to it, that ring that we wrestle in, it’s still the same size. The ropes, they’re going to be the same. As long as we go out there and do our jobs and have fun, it’s going to be a great night.

SN: These are going to be some of the most avid WWE fans from around the world at WrestleMania. What do you think your reception is going to be when you come out?

RR: Loud. Very very loud.

SN: Do you think it’s going to be negative?

RR: It will be probably both. I get a pretty good mixed reaction but whatever I’m doing, they seem to be pretty loud. So whether it’s cheers or boos, that’s what one thing I can typically count on. They’re going to be stirred up no matter what.

SN: We’ve seen this reaction before with yourself and with some others like John Cena. Where the product is today and the current fans, is there such a thing as a true babyface and a true heel where one guy is going to be loved and one guy is going to be hated?

RR: I think it’s tough. We had Daniel Bryan who’s just a phenomenal performer. Everybody was behind him, just a great underdog. And how could you not cheer a guy like that? But then we do have situations like myself and guys like John Cena who do get that mixed reaction. I think it’s just a part of it now. Everybody has an opinion. Everybody has a right to voice their opinion. I think that’s what’s so great about this. It’s not necessarily who’s getting cheered 100% or who’s getting booed the whole time. We agree to disagree and we all just have fun and everybody goes in it to get what they want out of this. It’s really just entertainment. It’s a performance. It’s a story that we tell. If you’re down for the roller coaster ride, please come out and have fun. You paid your hard-earned money; let’s go out, make some noise and make it exceptional.

SN: When it comes to that roller coaster ride and as your progress in the business, does your family give you any advice?

RR: All of time. That’s the great thing about my family is it’s so big and we have so many different men and women that have experience with this business and this company. For me, I’m always trying to learn, I’m always trying to get better. Obviously, there’s some things based off the year we’re in and the generations we’re dealing with, it’s a little bit different. The crowd and the company and the business in general has changed and it’s always evolving. There’s always something that you can learn and something you can teach. Hopefully, I’ll continue to learn and gain in this experience.
SN: I know you’re family was at WrestleMania last year and, correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe they were sitting at ringside. They didn’t seem to happy last year come the end of your match and you not leaving as champion. Are they going to be right there again?

RR: Oh yeah. Actually, I have more family this year. All of my siblings and all of my nieces and nephews will be there. So we’re definitely going to be represented by numbers. It’s going to be a great event. Last year, it was rough. It wasn’t so much the outcome. As long as I’m healthy and I finish and everything’s fine and I’m able to walk out of there and still be a father, a son and a brother, then my family is happy. Last year, it was pretty brutal. It’s not easy to watch your son get thrown on his back a whole bunch of times by Brock Lesnar. He’s on his own level. It was pretty tough for my mom to watch that but we made it through.

SN: I always see these signs that say “If John Cena wins, we riot”. Is it going to be this year “If Roman Reigns doesn’t win, the Samoans riot”?

RR: That’s what they don’t want. (laughs) I better win! Do everybody a favor and let me win this title. Otherwise, we’re going to be handing out Snickers to my whole family.

SN: Outside of your match, what’s the one thing in particular that you’re looking forward to seeing on this show?

RR: The whole card. And not only that, not just the wrestling matches because we have so many great ones. We have Brock Lesnar taking on Dean Ambrose in a street fight. You say street fight, Brock Lesnar, Dean Ambrose —that just says it all there. We have a Hell in a Cell with Shane-O-Mac (Shane McMahon) and The Undertaker. That alone is just a phenomenal match and should be a hell of a story. We also have performances. It’s so much more than just wrestling. We have outside performers coming in, musicians, artists. So it’s always a cool opportunity to meet new people and be surprised. I’m not sure of everything that’s going to happen. It’s that big that we can’t know everything. I’m looking forward to it.

SN: Do me one favor: Don’t let your buddy Dean Ambrose go too wild with that chainsaw.

RR: Oh man. I’m hoping that he turns it up a little bit. I was hoping he was going to turn it on Monday and start cutting the ring in half or something. I was surprised. I figured he was going to really start tearing that whole set up. I can’t guarantee anything on his behalf. He’s crazy.

SN: He has to hold off on that until Sunday when he cuts the announcer’s table in half.

RR: I hope he doesn’t break everything. I’m hoping to destroy some things out there too. He can’t take all the fun.

Brian Fritz has previously covered pro wrestling and MMA for AOL FanHouse and The Orlando Sentinel. You can find more of his work including podcasts at www.BetweenTheRopes.com. E-mail him at btrfritz@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @BrianFritz.